Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illnesses affecting more than 50 million individuals throughout the year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Allergens are a natural part of our environment. Some common environmental allergens include mold, pollen, dust, and pet dander, to name a few. When these allergens attach to your clothing and pets while you’re outdoors, they are transported inside your home and can trigger uncomfortable allergic reactions in individuals with allergies and asthma. Fortunately, there are ways your HVAC system can alleviate allergies.
Use a High-Quality Air Filter and Replace Regularly
The air filter is one of the most important components of your HVAC system because it removes airborne particles that enable cleaner conditioned to be distributed throughout the home. However, not all air filters are as effective in filtering allergens. So, the first step to alleviating allergies in your home is to use a high-quality air filter and replace it every 30-90 days. It will also improve the efficiency of your HVAC unit.
The minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) is a rating scale that measures an air filter’s effectiveness for removing allergens and other particulates in the air. AC filters with a MERV 11 rating or higher are the most effective for removing many types of contaminants, including dust mites, bacteria, mold, pollen, pet dander, and other microscopic allergens.
Clean Air Vents and Ducts
In addition to changing your air conditioning filter frequently, your air vents and ducts need to be cleaned too. Dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens can get trapped in and around air vents and inside the ductwork, causing them to continue to circulate in your home. Dusting and cleaning the air vents will help alleviate allergies in your home, improving air quality and comfort. Professional air duct cleaning every 3 to 5 years can also help alleviate allergens.
Invest In an Air Purifier
Many health experts recommend air purifiers for those with allergies. HEPA air purifiers work with your HVAC system to remove up to 99.9% of allergens and other indoor pollutants, allowing you to breathe clean, fresh air. Your HVAC professional can help you select and install an air purifier in your home that will meet your specific needs.
Clean Outdoor HVAC Unit
You may not have given it much thought but cleaning your outdoor HVAC unit can also help alleviate indoor allergies. Since it is exposed to external elements, it collects dirt, debris, and other contaminants that can be recirculated through the ducts and air vents triggering an allergic reaction. Periodically, sweeping away any leaves, twigs, and debris around the unit can help, but for best results, schedule an appointment with your certified HVAC professional to clean your outdoor unit.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance Appointments
Your HVAC Unit needs routine maintenance to maintain optimum performance and indoor air quality. Florida Air Express has affordable service plans that provide scheduled maintenance check-ups that will keep your air conditioning system cleaner, reduce repairs, and operate more efficiently while helping to alleviate allergies in your home.